Description: To investigate the role of phosphate accumulating bacteria in dental decay. Bacteria may mediate the dissolution of mineral material via polyphosphate accumulation. But the triggers and controls on polyphosphate accumulation in oral taxa remain unexplored. The researcher will investigate these questions using plate-based assays, possibly along with genetic, bioinformatic, or other molecular biology approaches.
Essential Functions: 1) Maintain pure cultures of bacteria 20%; 2) Perform plate-based and other laboratory assays to characterize polyphosphate accumulation; 20% 3) publication of research in respected journals; 20% 4) career development; 20% 5) presentation of research results at international meetings 10% 6) involvement in lab meetings and student training 10%
This position will not have any official supervisory functions.
Required: -PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field. -Expertise in bacterial cultivation.
Preferred: Expertise in any of the following is desirable: phenotypic screening using plate-based assays, gene expression analyses (transcriptomics and/or qRT-PCR), genetics, bioinformatics and/or light microscopy. Additionally, candidates who are intellectually inquisitive and are capable of developing and troubleshooting protocols are preferred.
Internal Number: 340613
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